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15 Dec 2010 description

By Khalid Koser

In 2009 922,500 asylum claims were submitted in 159 countries or territories around the world, according to statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The USA received the second highest number at 47,900 applicants, behind South Africa with a staggering 222,000 applicants. Other significant destination countries were Malaysia (40,100) and Ecuador (35,500).

10 Nov 2010 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

National Council of Churches Assembly

November 10, 2010 -

Disasters, whether triggered by natural hazards or human behavior or by the interaction between the two, affect millions of people for long periods of time. Often the effects last for decades after the disaster has long disappeared from our headlines and evening news.

03 Nov 2010 description

This presentation was conducted at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about natural disasters and human rights with a particular focus on international responses to Haiti and Pakistan.

26 Aug 2010 description

By Elizabeth Ferris

Comparisons between the response to the Haitian earthquake and to Pakistan's floods are perhaps inevitable, as these major tragedies occurred within seven months of each other. Much of the commentary has focused on possible reasons for the disproportionate donor response to the two disasters.

18 Aug 2010 description

Rebecca Winthrop, Co-Director, Center for Universal Education

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D. Candidate and Fellow, International Education Policy Program, University of Maryland

26 Jul 2010 description

Remarks at the Brookings Institute, 26 July 2010

B. Lynn Pascoe, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs

Let me begin by thanking Brookings for this opportunity to speak about the work of the United Nations in dealing with conflicts around the world.

While academic studies seem to conclude that conflicts have actually been declining in recent years, it doesn't feel that way from our vantage point in New York.